Is Dairy OK for Autistic Kids?

Is Dairy OK for Autistic Kids?

Is dairy OK  for autistic kids? Many people have heard that adding yogurt into an autistic child’s diet can do wonders for their autism symptoms. Yet other people swear that dairy, including homemade yogurt, is an autism aggravator. For this reason, parents of autistic children must search and study in order to understand the issue of diary products and autism. We must educate ourselves first, and then we can learn how homemade yogurt can be used to supplement autism recovery. Is Dairy OK for Autistic Kids? One of the first questions people have to address is the conflict behind the mainstream idea that yogurt, or dairy in specific, should be omitted from an autistic child’s diet.  This idea hit mainstream as a result of the Gluten Free Casein Free Diet dietary fad. I personally do not recommend the GFCF diet, as it actually caused an increase in the severity of my son’s autism due to the high exposure to yeasts, sugars, and starches that this diet centers on.  Instead, I found the answer to autism recovery in the GAPS diet protocol. Read GFCF diet VS. GAPS to learn more about these two diets and why you should choose GAPS over GFCF hands-down. But the main question to address in this article is the question of dairy. Is dairy okay for autistic kids? Or is it the culprit of so many of the autistic child’s symptoms? The answer is a bit complicated. In my experience, all dairy should be removed for at least 4 weeks at the onset of autism dietary intervention. Two Reasons to Ditch Dairy…at least for a...
Autism Diets – GFCF Compared to GAPS

Autism Diets – GFCF Compared to GAPS

There are a lot of popular diets trending for autism treatment. One of the most common is the gluten-free, casein- free. In fact, when my son was first diagnosed with autism we started him on the classic GFCF diet…very much to his detriment. I hadn’t yet heard of GAPS, but when I finally did I was sold.  GAPS explained every reason why GFCF failed.  We got started and never looked back. Since then, I’ve found that vast majority of people I meet know what GFCF is and they make the mistake of thinking that GAPS is the same thing. GFCF and GAPS are not the same thing.  I will even go so far as to say that one will help you and the other will hurt you. In this article, I aim to provide a side-by-side comparison of the two diets with the ultimate goal of encouraging you to keep your distance from the GFCF trend. Here it is: Autism Diets – GFCF Compared to GAPS. Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) vs Gluten-free, Casein-Free Diet (GFCF) The GAPS diet clearly differs from GFCF in three ways: GAPS does not allow refined sugars or starchy foods like potatoes, rice, and corn, which are the foundation of the GFCF diet. The foundation of the GAPS diet is gelatin-rich bone broths and home-fermented probiotic foods. GFCF diet allows you to shop in the healthy living isle of the grocery store, consuming anything that states GFCF on the label. GAPS does not allow consumption of pre-made, store-bought food convenience foods. Everything must be made at home with organic, quality ingredients. GFCF never allows dairy...
My 6 Favorite GAPS Diet Recipes

My 6 Favorite GAPS Diet Recipes

This article will provide GAPS diet recipes, along with my 6 favorite GAPS friendly foods. My family first started the GAPS diet in July of 2013 with the intent of recovering my son Aaron from autism.  It was absolutely worth it, but getting started was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. In case you need a primer on GAPS, start with my article What is the GAPS Diet. Why?  Because you have to question and control the origin, quality, and digestibility of every single thing you put in your child’s mouth.  Ahhh!!!!! GAPS Approved Foods Let me break this down a little further for you.  There is a list of GAPS approved foods, but that doesn’t mean that all GAPS kids can eat them. The term GAPS describes a person whose gut is malfunctioning resulting in damage and disruption to the normal neurological, physiological, and psychological development of a human being. (i.e. autism) The longer this malfunction is allowed to go on, the more damage is caused and the more difficult the recovery process becomes. This is why intervention with young children is so important… but this is also why a person of any age can still heal. Young children are likely to have less damage and because they are young, the tend to heal faster. An older child or adult has to go through the same process, but they will have more extensive damage to heal and their bodies will almost always take longer to do it. Controlling Ingredients for GAPS Diet Back to GAPS foods, its not always enough just to stick to the approved...
Why is Sugar Bad For You?

Why is Sugar Bad For You?

Is sugar bad for you? Of course, we all know it probably is. But how bad is it? That’s the topic we’re going to look at today.  Helplessly watching your child drift further and further away from you and away from reality is a sick, sick feeling. Not knowing what you’re doing wrong or if there is anything you can ever do to make it right again is worse than living in a world with no light.  An autism diagnosis from our doctors raised no question about the state of my son’s health.  Autism was just a cold, hard fact.  The only recommendation we received was for preschool and therapy. The fact that we started Aaron on a gluten-free, casein-free diet was purely on intuition, and then validated by an allergy test which I insisted on having done after having read some interesting articles online about allergies causing autism symptoms. The doctors simply complied with my wishes and wrote the order for the blood test. Sure enough, the results indicated Aaron was allergic to all grains, dairy, and eggs. (GMO and wheat strike again.) So for an entire year, from ages 3 – 4, Aaron was fed a strict gluten-free, casein-free, egg-free, organic diet. Once again, there was no connection made between the allergies and autism by our doctors. It was viewed as coincidental, not incidental. Nor was the possibility of Aaron recovering from autism even mentioned. The GFCF diet was for avoiding allergic irritations in my autistic son. They were two separate issues as far as the doctors were concerned, but I was optimistic that the two issues were...